Among the significant contributions of the Prophet Joseph Smith are his teachings, divinely revealed concepts that he delivered boldly and authoritatively.
The following are representative of these:- "I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370.)
- "The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again on the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it. But in connection with these, we believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost, the power of faith, the enjoyment of spiritual gifts according to the will of God, the restoration of the house of Israel, and the final triumph of truth." (Teachings , p. 121.)
- "We consider that God has created man with a mind capable of instruction, and a faculty which may be enlarged in proportion to the heed and diligence given to the light communicated from heaven to the intellect; and that the nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin. . . ." (Teachings, p. 51.)
- "The devil could not compel mankind to do evil; all was voluntary. . . . God would not exert any compulsory means, and the devil could not." (Teachings, p. 187.)
- The spirit is a substance; but it is more pure, elastic and refined matter than the body; and will exist separate from the body. . . . (Teachings, p. 207.)
- "At the first organization in heaven, we were all present, and saw the Savior chosen and appointed and the plan of salvation made, and we sanctioned it. We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom." (Teachings, p. 181.)
- "It is contrary to the economy of God for any member of the Church, or any one, to receive instruction for those in authority, higher than themselves; therefore you will see the impropriety of giving heed to them; but if any person have a vision or visitation from a heavenly messenger, it must be for his own benefit and instruction; for the fundamental principles, government, and doctrine of the Church are vested in the keys of the kingdom." (Teachings, p. 21.)
- "The elements are eternal. . . . every principle proceeding forth from God is eternal . . . If the soul of man had a beginning, it will surely have an end. . . ."
- "Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity, and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the sons of God. A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race." (Teachings, p. 174.)
- "The doctrine of baptizing little children, or sprinkling them, or they must welter in hell, is a doctrine not true, not supported in Holy Writ, and is not consistent with the character of God. All children are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ . . . ." (Teachings, p. 197.)